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    That looks like the amount 3DS gives is in the carts.

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    I noticed today that IGUS (bushing people) released a special properties filament.

    http://www.igus.com/3d-print-material/3d-print-material

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    Yeah, people use it to print their own IGUS bearings...

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    Yesterday, 3D Solutech delivered a test sample of "REAL ORANGE". It was enough for 1/2 a day of printing.
    Please note that I cannot find "real orange" on their web page. Just Orange is all I find and Amazon has "True Orange"
    https://www.amazon.com/3D-Solutech-F...BP3CJVC7CHQHMT

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    This filament is a more vivid than Inland and PrintRBot, but just shy of what 3DS delivers in PLA. Small sample but it is just a bit more glossy and a little more "washed out". Then again, 3DS seems to be the gold standard for color.

    This filament does present yet another level of material properties. It is "hard"! This presents a problem in the Cube 3 due to the fixed driver gap. In effect, it makes the driver diameter look larger; which makes the feed speed slight faster; which causes more blobs at the start/stop of each layer. Not much, but if you make articulates, it can weld. The difference is hardly worth mentioning except that you will hear the squirm of the driver on the pull-back. This could create a drive motor lifetime issue.

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    I also printed the hub clamp to understand the material memory. Here it is comparable with other filaments. It relaxes just like 3DS and PrintRBot. I suspect that over time it will be better than 3DS or Inland.

    I was impressed with the lack of strings. This is definitely a pro of this material. Having plenty of experience with the parts I've made, this is remarkable!

    Also never had the fossil wink

    Pro: better color vividness
    Pro: reasonable price-point
    Pro: excellent color selection and premiums
    Pro: Stick to LokBuild!

    con: harder than some (driver stress)

    This is a sample of one. Others may behave somewhat different. Would love to hear from someone else that has used 3D Solutech.

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    Finally ran out of the proprietary Neon Green and White the other day. Went to Fry's and picked up an ESun PLA+ Light Blue Filament.

    Pretty sure its this one : http://www.frys.com/product/9077157

    Initial Thoughts:
    NOTE: This is my first filament that isn't proprietary.

    This filament was a little harder than the stock and i noted a slight increase in resistance getting it in the gears. I've done 4-5 prints in the last two days with this new filament, and have had ZERO clogging. Big plus.

    This stuff seems to flow a little more than the stock filament, resulting in a slightly thinner extrude line, and more strings. This is causing gaps between lines that wasn't there before, and for whatever reason the finer details are getting lost. I suspect it has something to do with this filament cooling slower than stock that, or the retraction is off. This filament is slightly harder than stock as well

    The following are a few pictures of what I've printed with this filament.

    https://goo.gl/photos/SA8i7Q2quewsiiSr6

    Not sure what happened with the headphone clamp, printed overnight. I thought it was a clog, but purging it in the morning was fine.

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    Nice prints. Definitely a bit stringy. A tiny bit less gap would solve the "thin-ness" of the test print.
    I suspect the filament could have used a little more temp.

    eSun uses something proprietary. Not sure what. Their natural made for very brittle prints.
    And mine was old. Broke into a 1,000 pieces when I re-spooled it.

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    Yeah esun tends to break so easily...

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    Is there a way to adjust the gap without switching slicers? My Cube 3 was purchased second hand, and it won't allow me to print from USB

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    The gap adjustment is a maintenance function.
    It is stored with the printer and not in the print files or the desktop app.

    You might review the manual:

    http://cubify.s3.amazonaws.com/Print...user_guide.pdf
    http://cubify.s3.amazonaws.com/Print...tart_guide.pdf

    This is the download page: https://www.3dsystems.com/shop/support/cube/downloads

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    oh that gap adjustment. This is for the vertical height? Or does it end up adjusting horizontally as well?

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    There are two options... one is to level the bed and one is to set the gap.
    If the level is not within range, the screen on the printer will walk you through the leveling adjustments.
    The gap is set using the label of the included Mylar strip (light brown).
    If you do not have the Mylar strip, the thickness should be approximately 0.23mm, or about the thickness of 3 sheets of printer paper.

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    Just a quick note on something called APEX PLA filament. I might have bought the last spool available from Printrbot.

    It turns out APEX was made by Breathe-3DP(.com). They now have other materials at some serious premium cost.

    This is a nice opaque material. This red is still a little washed out, but it has good definition.

    You may not see APEX again, and I've asked (but no reply) to know if it is the same, but be on the lookout for other Breathe-3DP products.

    I have one other new brand coming tomorrow.


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    Another filament bites the dust.

    I will start with another fail just to put this in perspective:

    I bought a glow-in-the-dark blue PLA filament at one time.
    It was seriously brittle and had a course texture on the surface.
    I printed a few things but it clicked in the driver like mad!
    It is this unusual texture this new spool of PLA also exhibits.

    Okay, this brings us to a white PolyMaker PolyLite from Amazon $25- w/ free shipping.
    They have a few things to boast about the material.
    The temperature range is suppose to be 195-230.
    But the test print was thin and the driver was clicking away like mad.

    So I decided to test it using ABS temperatures.
    I monitored Cubify and the temps went up to 258*C.
    There is no burn marks on the print; it still clicks but not nearly as much.

    I won't even review this because for the Cube 3, it is an immediate rejection.
    Amazon is probably tired of me returning filament so I will test this long term at ABS temps.
    ...edit: never mind. I don't see any reason to keep this around. This filament has been returned.

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    This is a surprise entry.
    I ordered a 3D pen set of filament from Amazon.
    This gives me a selection of colors as the need arises.

    This is the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0727VXS3D

    Funny thing is that this filament is rated about 10*C lower than most PLA filament.
    This also means it flows very well in the Cube3.
    I've only tested one so far but I am impressed with this option.
    And it sticks to LokBuild just fine!

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    Last edited by TommyDee; 10-04-2017 at 07:12 PM.

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